The neighbor provides an escape hatch for Grand Blvd. owner


The woman who expressed outrage over the construction of an apartment building next to her home in downtown Brookfield and then sued the developer, the former owners of her home and their real estate agent has sold that home – profitably.

Cook County property records show Paulette Delcourt sold her home at 3710 Grand Blvd. in April to a company run by Mike Healy, a local entrepreneur who also owns the property immediately south at 3714 Grand Blvd.

Healy paid Delcourt $290,000 for the single-family home, $10,000 more than Delcourt paid in October 2019.

In his lawsuit, filed about a year ago in Cook County Circuit Court, Delcourt alleged that the previous owners and their realtor misrepresented the property by not telling him of the impending development, which the village of Brookfield had approved in 2018 and which had been the subject of several reports in the Landmark.

She also accused the developer of creating a nuisance and that the construction damaged her property. She also accused a concrete contractor of negligence, saying the building’s foundation was partially poured on his property. The village of Brookfield was not in pursuit.

In a telephone interview with the Landmark, Healy said he contacted Delcourt privately shortly after his predicament became a famous cause on social media and resulted in media coverage at Brookfield and on TV.

Healy operates Healy Renovations at 8848 Ogden Ave., specializing in single-family construction and renovations. A longtime union carpenter, Healy has experience in commercial construction, but he said he plans to keep both 3710 Grand Blvd. and the two apartments he owns at 3714 Grand Blvd. as rental properties.

After buying the house in Delcourt, Healy advertised it on his company’s Facebook page for rent of $2,900 a month. He quickly found a tenant.

“I had 50 people asking for it,” Healy said of the home, which is right in the middle of the Brookfield Grand Boulevard shopping district near the Prairie Avenue Metra stop.

Healy said the two roughly 100-year-old properties will remain rented for the foreseeable future.

“I can’t say what the future holds, but they are quaint and they pay for themselves,” Healy said. “I’m trying to buy properties and occupy them for now, and we’ll see what happens in the future.”

As for the three-story building located just a narrow sidewalk from the north wall of 3710 Grand Blvd., Healy doesn’t mind as much as Delcourt.

“That’s life downtown,” he says.

Construction of the apartment building, meanwhile, is complete, and the 17 one-bedroom units are already being marketed online for around $1,900 a month. More than five of the units have reportedly already been rented. The commercial space on the ground floor does not yet have a tenant.

Delcourt referred questions about his ongoing litigation to his attorney, David Centracchio, who did not return appeals from the Landmark.

However, in a hearing before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Alison C. Conlan on June 28, attorneys said Delcourt and the concrete contractor being sued in the case agreed to regulations.

The remaining claims against other defendants will be dealt with by a judge in the court’s legal division after Conlan, a judge in the chancery division, announced at the hearing that she would transfer the case there.

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